2020     Students for Liberty Northeast Regional Conference Saturday, February 1st  The Atlas Society Senior Scholar Stephen Hicks, Ph.D will explore the question “Which socialism matters most?” during his breakout session at the Students for Liberty (SFL) Northeast Regional Conference February 1, 2020 at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. How many socialisms are out there, and which one(s) are most younger socialists attracted to? To find out, Dr. Hicks will address these questions: Does equality –– or providing for the poor –– or saving the environment –– or hating or envying billionaires –– or something else –– most animate this generation's socialists? For our liberty activism to be successful, we need targeted understanding of our adversaries. Three hundred members of SFL and Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) are expected to attend this all-day event. Be sure to stop by The Atlas Society table to meet Senior Editor and Director of Student Programs Marilyn Moore Ph.D and Student Programs Manager Ana Kugler. Ask about joining the Atlas Advocates or the Atlas Intellectuals. Check out our popular literature and pocket guides, including The Pocket Guide to Objectivism, The Pocket Guide to Atlas Shrugged,  and our latest booklet The 7 Habits of Highly Objective People. Snap up TAS laptop stickers, t-shirts, caps, and other must-have swag. All attendees will receive a copy of ANTHEM: The Graphic...
Complications Come praise Apollo bright,Who prickled a thick brow,Briefly as lambent light: Sufficient though to causeA remorseless shufflingAcross dry plains to pause; Instinctual eyesLift from predator, prey,To puzzle at vacant skies; Behind a brutish face,UnfathomableComplexity to take place. I published this poem in 2008 in my first collection, Touched by Its Rays (The Atlas Society: Washington, DC: 2008). It is brief, but it expresses a puzzlement I felt. I was editor of a quarterly journal of neuroscience, Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, and working hard to make the ideas and writing of some of the world’s foremost brain scientists accessible and exciting to lay readers—without distortions or simplifications that would outrage the scientists themselves. One of the powerful and compelling fields of neuroscience, today, is evolutionary biology, including evolutionary psychology. They ask how the forces of Darwinian natural selection, relentlessly testing every characteristic of every species by the standard of conduciveness to successful reproducing, shaped the biology and psychology of human beings. The fundamental principle of evolutionary biology is that every aspect of our biology, including our brain, and every function, including our psychology, is an outcome of evolutionary selection. If a trait exists, then presumably it promotes our reproduction as a species; all that is left is to explain is how it does so. If a species of bird (Clark’s nutcracker) has...